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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Sitting Area With Touches of Robins Egg Blue Created on a Budget

This sitting area was relatively small in size so smaller scaled furnishings were selected.


Here was the “before” shot of the space.


Here is another “before” shot that shows a different angle of the room.


The client wanted “a traditional feel with a pop”. I think the warm aqua and soft camel color palette gave her the best of both worlds. (Drapery panels will be installed when her budget allows, so for now the curtain rod was taken down to provide a clean look.)


For those with a limited budget I think the Ikea Ektorp couch is a great choice. It is sturdy yet comfortable and offers a wide variety of slipcovered options. I selected the Tygelsjö beige option. The dark wood side table, lamp and the pillows came from HomeGoods. The coffee table was a Habitat For Humanity thrift store find. (I should have taken a “before” shot of that. :)


Above the sofa hangs artwork found at Ross that features the homeowners favorite flower, the hydrangea.


On the coffee table are simple design and art books and wooden birds from a thrift store.


I got creative with the floral arrangement. A thrift store vase was wrapped up in a small bit of simple upholstery webbing. (My friend Marty had graciously given me a large amount awhile ago.) It was dressed up with three mother of pearl buttons that I hot glued on. The vase was filled with faux hydrangeas purchased at Hobby Lobby with a coupon. The arrangement ties into the artwork giving the room a cohesive feel.


Given the small footprint of the area the two slipper chairs were a great choice. With no bulky arms to maneuver the homeowner can access the couch quite easily. The chairs were purchased on sale. They are from the Threshold line at Target. The dark wooden legs tie into the dark side table.

The envelope pillows are from HomeGoods.


So let’s talk budget. As you probably surmised the homeowner had nothing in the space. The budget was $1,000 to outfit both the sitting area and the dining area. (This did not include my design, sourcing and furniture makeover fees, but they were very minimal.)  The room was a definite budget challenge given that bigger ticket items such as a couch, chairs and dining set were needed.

You can read the post on how the vintage dining set was transformed HERE.


I’d love to hear what you think.


Linking to:

Between Naps On The Porch, Classy Clutter, A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family,Someday Crafts,The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Savvy Southern Style, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection,Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, French Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace,My Romantic Home,The Charm of Home,Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia,The Dedicated House


GSGreatEscaper said...

Wow! no one would ever ever guess how much you did with how little. You should have your own TV show as an antidote to those shows where they spend money like water!

Love the hydrangea theme!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Wow! She got a lot of bang for $1000 bucks considering you started with an empty space!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This turned out so perfect. The space doesn't look small at all, just inviting.

Debbie said...

I love it! I am actually doing the exact same thing in my living room right now. (Adding subtle touches of blue. Well, actually I can't decide between subtle touches ofblue or subtle touches of pale green. I keep going back and forth and back and forth.) This is lovely, and you have inspired me to keep going in this direction.

Lorrie said...

It's a lovely calm space, Laura. Seen as a whole room (with the dining set included) is prettier than just the sitting area, which I found a little bland at first, with the walls almost matching the upholstered pieces. Colour is never true on the computer so that might just be my view. It's a most inviting space. I love that you do design on a budget. So many interior designers spend mega bucks and achieve minimal results. (Sarah Richardson excepted)

Vel Criste said...

Love the simplicity of it all and how easy on the eye the color scheme is Laura!

Chubby Chieque said...

Looks and seems my lounge. The mistake I made was that I purchased 2 bulky armchairs which are not cheap and seldom use.

Simple but with style. Love it.

TY for sharing.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

I love it all. We have an Ektorp couch and chair with ottoman in our downstairs tv room. They're covered in denim blue and blue ticking respectively. Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, too! I'm sure she appreciated the floral touch:) Your vase treatment is perfect.
xo Kathleen

Auntie Em said...

You are a genius! And once again you have proved the point that good design and good taste are not crazy expensive. I like how you tied everything together, left her room to add her own touches and used her tastes to create the space. Thank you for sharing these inspirational posts! :)